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CASUAL THURSDAY + NEW CHANEL SPECTACLES

I have a lot of polka dots, probably one in every colour, but there are still so many variations and other colours to be enjoyed too.

More no-spend-$$-at-all days have been introduced into my saving-more life lately. This means further digging into the closet to make use of previous items not worn at all, or worn too much. And then mixing and matching with what I already have (which kind of frequently pops up on this kind of economy-style blog.)

So anyhow, I grabbed this grey mix polka dot and floral print chiffon top bought for $5AUD on sale back in the day from a small boutique on the Gold Coast (my hometown), Queensland Australia. Oh Gold Coast, with your sunny breezy weather, great beaches, nightlife and restaurants and actually stuff to do compared to my new small-town with no restaurants/beach etc etc….

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how I miss you so.

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Location dreams and crises aside, I quickly mustered the acceptance that my new life is getting started in this small town to pave way for greater, bigger things in the future; and finished dressing myself. I furthermore grabbed my go-to red summer shorts, bought for $10AUD from a cheap department store called Big W here, (kind of like a cheaper Target) owned by the grocery chain Woolworths. They really have surprisingly good basics that nobody would know it ever came from there!

My new $10 AUD quilted pleather camel sneakers paired off the casual Thursday look, are so comfy and look like designer ones for a fraction of the price!

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I had gone shopping with my best friend Ally, my spiritual also lover-of-pop-culture and style friend (who has a music/popculture blog you should check out here at allisonheap.wordpress.com) about a year ago on the GC at one of our favourite Australian stores, Sportsgirl. The store has been going strong since the 80’s with my mum shopping there when she was younger (and she still does from time to time.) This is the it place for fashion, shoes, accessories and even beauty in Australia.

On our trip, I picked up a few sale items on their jewellery rack (Sportsgirl has THE best sale items racks, particularly the jewel part.) One of them was this cute blue and yellow with rhinestones little glam necklace, bought for $7.95AUD. I had saved it for an upcoming event but changed my mind and wore some chunkier jewels. This is the perfect piece to dress up an every-day cas outfit with a little glam though, don’t you think?

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I was also so pumped 2 days ago when I received my Chanel eyeglasses frames I had ordered from London in the mail for a steal at $160 AUD! I had been waiting for Chanel frames (an update from my dark brown stoic Wayne Coopers) for a very long time and decided on these tweed purple frames with quilting and the Chanel logo on the sides. These babies will never be taken off of me.

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I got a bit too snap-happy. I blame the power of Chanel.

TOTAL OUTFIT COST (excluding Chanel frames) = $32.95 AUD

TOTAL OUTFIT COST (including Chanel frames) = $192.95 *Still not that bad, right???* <— What I will undoubtedly tell my husband who is not quite so into fashion, accessories and shiny things.

CELEBRITY INSPIRATION (POLKA DOT SHIRT AND SHORTS) 

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Cher Lloyd wearing polka dots + shorts, a winning combination of any colour and style.

CAMEL SNEAKERS – WHO ELSE BUT THE DREW?

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Drew rocking some awesome laid-back camel sneakers. She can pull off anything.

For some more laidback polka outfit inspiration, check out the fashion finds below:

 

CASUAL THURSDAY

Hot pants
$24 – chiarafashion.co.uk

High top shoes
yoox.com

ALPHABET BAGS white purse
$21 – allsole.com

Arden B necklace
ardenb.com

Chanel eyeglass
$500 – liberty.co.uk

Do you wear sneakers all the time?

What do you pair them with?

Do you mix them up with more feminine pieces like polka dots to take the edge off?

Any other tips for styling sneakers with an outfit?

Please leave a comment below.

HELLO KITTY OVERLOAD

Alright….

So…. I secretly love Hello Kitty.

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There…

I have admitted it.

Although not a fanatic, at age 25 I do own a few Hello Kitty items.

  1. Sanrio limited edition Hello Kitty handbags
  2. Tokidoki x Hello Kitty handbags
  3. Hello Kitty Kiss Jewellery and a T-shirt, (the best!)
  4. Hello Kitty for Mac lip gloss
  5. Hello Kitty bubblegum perfume spray
  6. A Hello Kitty “I Love You” Doll Craig got for me for Valentine’s Day when we first started going out (so sweet.)
  7. Hello kitty jewellery box
  8. Hello Kitty x Forever 21 Limited Edition Chococat shirt, shorts, Hello Kitty jacket and skirt
  9. Hello Kitty x Samantha Thavasa handbags
  10. Hello Kitty umbrella from TruffleShuffle

Only a few right? (probably not counting a few other items I may have forgotten.)

Since originating from cartoon company Sanrio in 1974, Hello Kitty has ensured that cuteness and normalcy has never been the same. Much of the world has become curiously obsessed with the adorable cat and her myriad of cute friends in the decades since her introduction.

One of my favourite blogs is Hello Kitty Junkie, where a girl has the most vast Hello Kitty collection I have ever seen. Although I’m not quite that into HK, I do love to see what random cute items she posts and her pure dedication to Sanrio and all things kawaii. Definitely a must to check out!

I furthermore, always have a laugh when I check out Hello Kitty Hell, a website that a husband created out of pure disdain for how far Hello Kitty has gone throughout pop culture and the world. Having to deal with a Hello Kitty-obsessed wife, this was his outlet for commentary on ridiculous products made featuring the cat. (Examples – Hello Kitty car engines, Hello Kitty houses, Hello Kitty Sea Cruises and many many more.)

My dream destination is Japan. My brother came bag with a Hello Kitty tote bag for me and told me just how intense the love for the kawaii cat is there, and the 3-storey Hello Kitty stores choc full of random cuteness. One day!

So anyway, to my outfit today – I was feeling quite peppy this morning, (which is slightly unusual for me..) and randomly grabbed a few items like my Cotton On Floral Skater Skirt ($5 AUD,) Vintage Sportsgirl yellow cropped top ($24.95 AUD,) and my Hello Kitty purple handbag ($30 AUD, Ebay.com) to reflect my mood.

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Sanrio Purple Glitter Hello Kitty Bag, $30 AUD
Ebay.com

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I made use of my floral hair clip, bought years ago from the markets for $5 AUD.

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Finishing the outfit are my go-to pink jelly sandals, from Jay Jays for a bargain $5 AUD. (My jelly obsession knows no end.)

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TOTAL OUTFIT COST = $69.95 AUD 

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Here is Barbie, my kitten, clearly not amused with my outfit.

HELLO KITTY CELEBS (EVIDENCE THAT HK IS FOR ALL AGES)

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Paris, lover of Hello Kitty and all things Kawaii. Wish I had her discretionary fundage to blow money on kawaii items.

 

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Okay, so this is an older pic of when RiRi was starting out, but even the tough-sexy girl has donned HK. Too cute!
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HK inspired Brit Brit to “Do Something” in her music vid. No lie, this is a decadent piece of HK jewellery history – with its eyes made of onyx, 9 carat in diamonds and with a price tag of 5.5 million yen. I have a similar necklace, price tag = $20 AUD.
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Lady Gaga on her Hello Kitty throne. I have a T-shirt of this I bought when Gaga first came out. I will wear it for vintage nostalgic cool
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Still gaga over HK
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Katy Perry, lover of all things kitsch including Hello Kitty
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Bethenny Frankel in a Hello Kitty getup… I think for Halloween? Loved Bethenny on Real Housewives of New York City, before we learned of her true character on Bethenny Ever After, etc etc.

DESIGNER HELLO KITTY

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Heidi Klum wowing in a black crystal Hello Kitty face dress… I need this

KIMORA-LEE SIMMONS FOR HELLO KITTY

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Kimora-Lee was one of the first celebs to start a Hello Kitty line. Her decadent diamond Hello Kitty creations are lusted after by me, although sadly I would never be able to afford the real deal. (Similar Cubic zirconia or diamonte versions on Ebay are for me instead.)

HELLO KITTY FOR MAC

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Cue my excitement when it was announced that my go-to for slightly-expensive, can’t-live-without-makeup line Mac was making a Hello Kitty makeup line! I own an eyeshadow kit, lip gloss, and brush kit from the line. The colours (although pretty much the same with any line from Mac) were great and the lip gloss was amazing.

HELLO KITTY X SWAROVSKI

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Swarovski = the land of sparkly dreams. Swarovski has long been a lover of Hello Kitty, producing anything cute including crystal figurines (collector’s items and pretty exxy though,) handbags, and most of all jewellery. WANT!

NINA MEW FOR HELLO KITTY

Another kawaii Japanese designer line, Nina Mew’s collections are so cute but unfortunately, way out of my price range.

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(I do need this Hello Kitty handbag and boots!)

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HELLO KITTY x TOKIDOKI

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Tokidoki has long been a collaborator with Sanrio for their Hello Kitty x Tokidoki line. I have a few items from their vast collections but always need more. Including key chains, wallets, purses, figurines and more, the Japanese line has everything cute under the sun.

TARINA TARANTINO HELLO KITTY 

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Need this bag!

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I don’t really even have to introduce this Tarina Tarantino Hello Kitty line, because I’m sure you’re all well aware of its existence. Not withstanding, I still need every product listed here and more.

HELLO KITTY X LIBERTY

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Liberty, a well-loved UK label, has collaborated with Hello Kitty on amazing stationery, handbags, accessories and homewares such as bedding. I still need to buy the Hello Kitty quilt set and cushions to adorn my room!

HELLO KITTY X VANS

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Hello Kitty vans are amazing. They come in adults sizes as well as matching baby sizes! Adorable

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Need the ones on the left and the pink ones on the right (second pic)

and most of all… my favourite

HELLO KITTY X SAMANTHA THAVASA

What kawaii cuteness hasn’t Samantha Thavasa introduced in her cute as but way overpriced designer line? A long fan of the Japanese designer line, I have a few Hello Kitty x Samantha Thavasa handbags and one in her signature Samantha Thavasa logo print in my closet that I am obsessed with, but also haven’t used much because I don’t want to ruin them (weird, right?)

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The Samantha Thavasa line has also got a wide range of limited edition Disney handbags, wallets and accessories too. Love!

While many more designers and brands have also gotten in on HK, I have decided to leave it here for now.

To cute-ify your wardrobe, check out the Hello Kitty fashion finds below, you cute thing you.

HELLO KITTY OVERLOAD

Tokyo fashion
yesstyle.com

Nyx blush
nastygal.com

Do you like or hate Hello Kitty?

Do you own any Hello Kitty clothes/jewellery or accessories?

Do you  think its way overpriced and has gotten out of hand?

Leave your thoughts on the infamous cat below.

TIE-DYE (AND STRIPES) ON THE HIGHWAY

 Tie-dye… the maker of all things magical, hippy, splendorous, ethereal and the subject of one of my idols, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)’s amazing song “Tie Dye On The Highway.”

Why do I love thee so?

Luckily for my tie-dye lovin’ ways; the print has been coming back again and again for decades, like every fashion known to man (even culottes are big again, right?)

Proof: every tie-dye hippy boho dress you see on the likes of Rachel Zoe, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Hudson, and even Rodarte’s drool-worthy collection.

Heading out for a few drinks with the husband tonight, I needed a not-too-dressy outfit for the not-too-dressy pub we might frequent. I have a sick tendency to mix and match patterns all the time lately, so I couldn’t resist the urge to pair my basic striped long sleeve tee from Kmart for $10 AUD with a bright purple, yellow and green tie-dye splattered skirt (from Supre for $5 AUD.)

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I grabbed my Nine West gold-sequin Ipad sleeve (which I always use as an oversized clutch and haven’t ever used as an Ipad sleeve… my thought processes for things sometimes aren’t all the way thought out.) Nine West Ipad Sleeve Cost = $20 AUD

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These yellow lucite flats with a slight wedge are just the pop of colour to finish the outfit off in, and were a steal at $2 AUD from one of those Asian kiosks in the middle of the mall. (They have also lasted frequent use over 3 years – who would have thought?)

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TOTAL OUTFIT COST = $37 AUD

For you fashion history buffs, check out a few fun facts about Tie-dye on Peace, love and tie-dye by Emily Blake. (2009)

One standout fact = While tie dye of course gained popularity with the free-loving hippy movement of the 60s, it really started to take off when Halston started using it in his designs which garnered the likes of Janis Joplin. (Blake, 20090

VINTAGE HALSTON TIE-DYE (DROOL)

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I can see myself sunning on a lounge chair with a cool breeze and margarita in hand in this glorious vintage Halston caftan

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TIE-DYIN’ CELEBS

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If all Nicky Hilton has done lately is team this sleek corporate-up-top looking ensemble with a hippy tie-dye bottom (which works so perfectly,) that’s alright by me.

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Although not a massive fan of the Reese, I am a fan of this chic tie dye ensemble she wore running errands.


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Elle Fanning got ripped into two for this glorious Rodarte tie-dye creation she wore at the Met. I guess people sadly just don’t understand Rodarte?
For outfit ideas for teaming stripes + tie-dye, look no further than what we have here for you:
STRIPES + TIE DYE

Soles patent leather sandals
$110 – theiconic.com.au

Silver jewellery
fashionphile.com

Wooden wall art
modcloth.com
Do you mix tie-dye with any other patterns (i.e. stripes?)
Are you still a fan of tie-dye and wear it all the time for relaxed bohemian chic times?
Leave a comment below, dude.

WHAT’S OLD IS TOTALLY NEW AGAIN

 

Remember that old saying “a stitch in time saves nine?”

Trying to rein in my blatant consumerism lately in order to save for a holiday, (as mentioned here before as this goal it is the only thing keeping me sane in a quiet no-cultured town way away from friends and family) the time had come to go through my “to repair” wardrobe pile, and salvage what was salvageable.

I had always loved this comfortable white floral gypsy dress bought from my favourite hippy galore store Tree Of Life a few years ago. (On sale for $20 AUD!) Even though I hardly ever wore it, one of the straps had mysteriously broken anyway.

With a little bit of spare time I had up my sleeve, it was time to give the dress a new lease on life and actually mend the strap. Total cost = free and total time = 1 minute.

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Broken strap

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Sewing Intervention

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Good as new!

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The dress was worn to run a few errands on a Wednesday afternoon, and I actually felt quite pulled together for once at the grocery store. This was a nice feeling compared to my usual (ashamedly) trackpants-wearing grocery-getting self.

I added these espadrilles scored for $2 AUD from a factory outlet a few years ago, which are also comfy as and looked more chic than Havaianas (I wish I knew how to quit you, Havis!)

My go-to Collette Dinnigan hessian tote ($12.95 AUD with this month’s issue of In Style Australia Magazine) finished the laid-back look.

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Looking Omen like? Apparently so
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Collette Dinnigan “Take me to the ocean” tote
Free with In Style Australia Magazine

                FLORAL GYPSY DRESSES ON THY CELEBRITY – EVA MENDES

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Eva Mendes
Okay so this dress is a little bit different to mine, but the comfy hippy cottonness and floral idea remains similar

For more ideas on hippy floral dresses, check out the sweet looks below.

Do you mend or alter your clothes to give them a new lease on life?

Any customisation tips to create a whole new look?

Leave a comment below, you know you want to.

Floral dresses + Espadrilles

DIY CANDY STRIPE DRESSER. TOTAL COST = $4 AUD

 White: although it is always a staple in the wardrobe, too much white furniture for me becomes totally boring. I need colour in my life!
Looking for a new colourful dresser to introduce some boldness into my bedroom furniture, I came across designer ones online for $2000 AUD plus. Although this would be fabulous to purchase and I could totally see myself doing this in the future, for a newly married couple starting out with basic furniture and saving for a trip to Thailand later on this year; it sadly isn’t really an option at the moment.
So I bided my time, waiting to know what to do to my plain white basic dresser bought from a furniture warehouse for $150 AUD when we first moved. (Also our first time moving away from home with our own place in a different city – cue the excitement and then panic!)
Then, as I was wrapping up a baby gift of cute bibs bought for a friend with horizontal striped gender-neutral candy block colours, I came to the conclusion that I should simply glue the wrapping paper oN to make my own cost-effective candy striped dresser!
Candified results are below:
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Candy dresser front view
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Side view
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Full-frontal candy drawers.

Full-frontal candy drawers.

Dresser accessories:

Shh Lips Ikea Painting, $40 AUD

Mirror jewellery box, $20 AUD, Target

Samantha Wills jewellery boxes, free with jewellery purchase

Harajuku Girls painting, DIY

Good fortune waving cat (I think it’s been working lately!) $20 AUD, Asian supermarket

Bird bottle and vial, $20 together, bought on a mini-honeymoon to Noosa, New South Wales Australia

Wizard of Oz postcard, vintage

INTERIOR DESIGNER INSPIRATION AND LOVER OF A GOOD STRIPE: JONATHAN ADLER 
(OF WHOMS’ DESIGN SKILLS I AM MILDLY OBSESSED WITH)
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Jonathan Adler, quirky and bold interior designer
who originally started as a potter and went into his calling of
designing rooms and furniture for colour lovers.
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Yes, Jonathan Adler has designer a Barbie Dream House.
No words can describe the sheer awesomeness, right?
Yellow and grey stripe bed cover with grey backdrops
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Quirky prints like this storage ottoman make standout accessories
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I am in dire need of this as my dining room right now!
From New Jersey, Jonathan Adler has always boldly captivated the imagination and possibilities of a room. His “more is more” approach is something I have always been drawn to, so when I stumbled upon his book “Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors in the library while rummaging for interior design ideas, I felt a kindred spirit. His rooms, although my husband thinks have “a little too much going on, you don’t know where to look” are always in my book, perfection.
He also loves a good candy stripe!
The master of prints, and mixing and matching bold colours with prints through accessories, furniture and paintings, his rooms are always unique, eclectic and definitely not for the faint of heart, or minimalist. Having a successful boutique selling accessories and furniture, Jonathan Adler is a standout interior designer. I could look at his rooms all day!
For the more high-end candy dresser look, here are the more luxe versions:
CANDY STRIPE BEDROOM

Crystal glass lamp
lampsplus.com

Circo non skid rug
target.com

Wooden dresser
$1,555 – outthereinteriors.com

Smashbox lip shine
beauty.com

LeSportsac zip top
zappos.com

Seletti Trip Weekly 7 Drawer Storage Container
$1,680 – design55online.co.uk
Any cheap DIY decorating tips?
Are you a fan of Jonathan Adler’s designs and bold, bright colours in your home?
Please leave some happy, colourful comments below!

SUPREMELY CASUAL

SUPREMELY CASUAL

BOHO + WHITE + CHEAP $5 DRESS THRILLS

  I have long been a fan of the boho, even before Rachel Zoe superimposed the look on the icons of the moment, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, and Kate Hudson circa 2005. The good news is, boho appeals to my thrifty ways as contrary to what the fashion mags of the day state, you actually don’t need to spend a lot to look like a boho/slightly hobo.
In fact, thrift stores were made for boho looks with racks and racks of vintage 70’s and boho looks from 2005 all ripe for the picking.
Ok, I confess, I have a lot of extremely similar items in my closet. I have a long white maxi dress (sleeveless of course) that I haven’t worn yet, and a strapless long white maxi dress (also still not worn.) But when I saw this hippy boho cheesecloth dress (with sleeves and lace detailing on the bust) for $6 AUD at a local lifeline the other day (in great condition with one slight little baby hole which I patched up ASAP),  I nabbed that puppy up for future relaxed Sunday boho looks.
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Worn while taking a pleasant Sunday morning stroll around the local riverbank with the husband, the outfit was comfortably chic.

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Teamed with a floppy brown felt hat for $20 AUD from Rubi and purple studded loafers ($15 AUD from Big W, Australia’s answer to Walmart,) and a Marc Jacobs tie dye shopper for $60 (Ebay); and a Hermes-like cuff from Sportsgirl for $5 AUD, the outfit all came together at $106 AUD.
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                                  Sportsgirl Hermes-like cuff, $5 AUD
LOVELY STROLL IN PICTURES:
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                               En route to the lovely stroll along the river
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                               Nothing but blue skies, and a lot of clouds
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                            Marc Jacobs tie dye shopper, $60, Ebay
Slightly ruining our pleasant stroll were these creepy, random little guys. I just had to capture the moment, I’m not sure why. To psyche myself out in the future?
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This especially creepy one holding a dog also stole my bag. I guess I can’t blame him, he has good taste.
Anyways, enough of creepy Gollum-like statues. For more ideas on how to update your boho chic look, check out the fashion finds below:
BOHO + WHITE

MARC BY MARC JACOBS shopping bag
$49 – coggles.com

Too faced cosmetic
sephora.com

Pink lipstick
nastygal.com

Are you still a fan of the boho look?
Any tips for finding/styling boho outfits on the cheap?
Please leave us some hippy love in the comments below.